Posts tagged ‘order’

July 11, 2011

Order denies parades body u-turn

9 Edward Stevenson Edward Stevenson wrote to the commission on Tuesday The Orange Order has denied it has changed its policy of refusing to recognise the Parades Commission.


It follows the decision of the Grand Master Edward Stevenson to write to the commission asking it to review music restrictions placed on a parade in east Belfast on 12 July.


The letter related to a march by Ballymacarrat District LOL No.6.


It was originally told only a single drumbeat could accompany the parade past a section of the Newtownards Road.


That decision has now been reviewed by the commission.


Instead the bands will be allowed to play hymns from the memorial garden to Susan Street.


Commission sources said it is the first time a grand master had written to the commission under such circumstances.


The Grand Lodge refuses to recognise the commission, however, Mr Stevenson said writing a letter was within policy.


Speaking at the annual Orange parade in Rossnowlagh, County Donegal he said the decision did not indicate a “softening of stance”.


He said it was done to try to ease tension in east Belfast.


A Grand Lodge spokesman added that the Parades Commission had totally failed to grasp the hurt its decision had caused and the Orangemen of east Belfast reiterated their call for the commission to go.

July 1, 2011

Law and order expenses: K-P the only province to decrease security spending

Overall spending rises 18.4%, highest increase seen in Balochistan, Sindh.

ISLAMABAD: 

While overall spending on law and order by the federal and four provincial governments went up by 18.4% during the first nine months of the outgoing fiscal year, the only province that saw an actual decline in spending was Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, suggesting a slight improvement in the province that has been wracked by a Taliban insurgency.

Finance ministry statistics on government spending for the first nine months of the fiscal year show that the federal and four provincial governments spent about Rs116 billion on security and maintaining public order, about an 18.4% increase over the same period in the previous year.

Law and order spending includes expenses relating to coping with the aftermath of terrorist attacks, including compensation to the victims, dealing with internally displaced persons and the salaries and benefits of law enforcement personnel.

The government’s total spending is a fraction of the total estimated costs of the “war on terrorism”, which the finance ministry estimates has cost the country over Rs5.8 trillion ($67.9 billion) over the last decade, more than the total amount of deposits in all the banks combined.

The federal government’s public order spending rose by about 36% to Rs41 billion for the first nine months of the fiscal year ending June 30. The Sindh government’s spending in the same category rose by more than 30% to Rs21 billion. The province’s capital Karachi has become a battleground between rival ethnicity-based factions over the past several years.

The sharpest surge came in spending in Balochistan, which increased its law and order budget by 40% to Rs7 billion for the first nine months. The province has seen a rise in sectarian and militancy-related killings over the last year. Punjab’s budget, meanwhile registered a below-inflation rise of 6% to Rs36 billion during the same period.

Meanwhile, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa was the only jurisdiction where law and order spending went down, by about 9% to reach Rs11 billion for the first nine months of fiscal year 2011.

Third quarter surge

The nine-month figures hide the tremendous surge in spending in the third quarter of the fiscal year 2011 (January to March), when law and order expenses touched Rs43 billion, or about 37% of the total for the nine months. It was also about 19.4% higher than the average of the first six months.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 1st, 2011.